Educator Network

Connect With Us!

The CSO wants to get to know you in order to support and provide opportunities for learning and collaboration. Our events and continuing education opportunities are intended to engage and inspire teachers with relevant topics, applicable learning and fun. Through our free virtual programming, workshops, events and network communication, we hope to build a long-lasting relationship with the educators in the region.

Virtual Learning Programs

For the 2020-2021 season, experience the CSO virtually from any type of classroom! Find the program that fits your students and learning format through the options below. Registering for one program gains you access to all content across programs. 

Register Sound Discoveries Register Young People's Concerts 

Register Musicians in Schools

Already registered? Access the media portal below (password required).

CSO Education Media Portal

Virtual Sound Discoveries

Recommended for grades K-6 and possible for in-classroom use, virtual and/or asynchronous use. Learn more.

  • Four learning modules: Science & Music, Math & Music, ELA & Music, General Music
  • 10 minute lesson videos led by Teaching Artist Liz Wu
  • New lessons released every 3-4 weeks
  • FREE!
  • Supplies delivery available for local schools

Virtual Young People's Concerts

Recommended for grades K-12 and possible for in-classroom use, virtual and/or asynchronous use. Learn More.

  • FREE!
  • 35-40 minute pre-recorded educational performances featuring the orchestra
  • Three recommended grade brackets: K-3, 4-6, 6-12
  • Curriculum materials available for preparation and guidance 

Virtual Musicians in Schools

Pre-recorded performances recommended for grades K-6

Virtual musician visits recommended for grades K-6 or 7-12

Learn more. 

  • FREE!
  • Pre-recorded videos are 15 minutes, each featuring a family of the orchestra
  • Virtual visits can include instrumental coaching, Q&A, or instrument demos

Join the Network

Stay up to date with us by “liking” our CSO Educator Network Facebook Page or receive exclusive email updates and promotions by joining our mailing list!

 

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CSO Music Educator Award

This award recognizes two K-12 music educators for their excellence in the field and includes $250 in scholarship for Professional Development.

Congratulations to our 2021 CSO Music Educator Award recipients:

Matthew Jenkins, King Mills Elementary, General Music/Band/Choir/Marimba Ensemble

Jennifer Green-Hatcher, LEAP Academy, General Music 

The awarded music educator demonstrates:

  • Dedication to the growth of all students in the classroom
  • Establishing an inclusive and safe environment for students
  • Inspiring creativity and music learning through unique lessons, experiences and/or projects
  • Overcoming exceptional challenges in the classroom
  • Advocating for music and arts education
  • For 2021, the CSO aims to recognize music educators who successfully and creatively navigated the unique challenges of the 2020-2021 school year amongst the COVID-19 pandemic.

To Submit Entry:

Application for the 2021 CSO Music Educator Award will open on March 15, 2021 - June 1, 2021. Applications can be completed to nominate a colleague or on behalf of yourself. The application calls for basic information, followed by a personal narrative and letter of support. 

 

Previous award recipients:

2020, Beth Miller, Director of Choirs at Winton Wood High School

Resources for Learning at Home

Explore our latest digital learning content for at-home music lovers of all ages. Be sure to check our social media for updates on videos, activites and more from the CSO Educator Network at our Educator Network Facebook page. Have ideas for educational content you'd like to see?Let us know

Go to Learning at Home Resources

Upcoming Educator Events

Our Educator Workshops are always free and eligible for CEUs. We develop workshops to address topics of interest as indicated by educator feedback and suggestion. Additional Educator events are planned throughout the year to stay in touch with the CSO. In-person events are returning in the 2021-2022 season! Workshops and Educator Appreciation Night will be announced in early Fall 2021. 

Sat Sep 25, 2021 | 1:00 pm, Musical Mapping (Virtual)

Join this workshop to explore musical mapping in the elementary music classroom! Presented by Vicky Suarez, this workshop is free to virtually attend. Please rsvp to bspiewak@cincinnatisymphony.org

About Vicky: 
Vicky Suarez teaches K-5 music at Shepard Elementary School in Plano, Texas. She holds degrees from The University of Texas at Arlington (Bachelor of Music, 1989) and Southern Methodist University (Master of Music in Music Education, 2017), and is a SongWorks Certified Educator (2015). She completed her Orff Schulwerk Level 3 Certification in 2016 and has presented at the American Orff Schulwerk Association Convention (2019), the Texas Music Educators Association Convention (2014, 2016, 2020), and for the Texas Choral Directors Association Convention in 2021. She also enjoys providing professional development for area music teachers. Vicky is a Past President of the SongWorks Educators Association, and is on the faculty of the SongWorks summer courses at The University of Wisconsin at River Falls and at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Vicky lives in Richardson, Texas, and enjoys playing the flute in the New Texas Symphony Orchestra. Check out her YouTube music teacher videos at https://youtube.com/c/VickySuarez.


Past Events

  • Educator Appreciation Night at the CSO, February 2020
  • Workshop(s): CSO at OMEA 2020, January 2020
  • Workshop: Simple Physics of Tone Production with David Eccles, Hal Leonard, November 2019
  • Workshop: Vocal Wellness with Katie Davidson, M.A. CCC-SLP, September 2019
  • Summer Social at Fretboard, August 2019
  • Workshop: Self-Care Day, May 2019
  • Workshop: Conducting Master Class with John Morris Russell, March 2019
  • Educator Appreciation Night at the CSO, November 2018
  • Workshop: World Instruments and Roots of Rhythm with Dr. Craig Woodson, September 2018
  • Summer Social at Rhinegeist, July 2018

Advocacy

The CSO, through membership in the League of American Orchestras and the Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education (affiliate of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education), works to advocate for continued access and support to arts education for students in Ohio.

As part of the GCAAE's advocacy efforts, we are collecting belief statements for arts education to be shared as an advocacy tool with state representatives. To share why you value the arts in Ohio, complete the belief statement form below.  

 

Share your belief statement for Arts Ed Advocacy

League Statement of Common Cause for Music Education

For questions about Educator Workshops or Events, contact Becky Spiewak at education@cincinnatisymphony.org or 513.744.3347.